Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Guzmán de Alfarache
Guzmán de Alfarache (gewz-MAHN deh ahl-fah-RAH-chay), a rogue who early learns he must trick or be tricked. He lives by his wits in Spain and Italy until caught and sentenced to life imprisonment as a galley slave. Winning a pardon by revealing the slaves’ conspiracy to seize the vessel, he determines to lead an exemplary life.
Don Guzmán, his father. Cheated by a partner in Genoa, he recovers most of his money in Seville. When he becomes rich, he buys an estate in San Juan de Alfarache and takes a mistress, whom he eventually marries. Addicted to gambling and high living, he dies penniless.
A muleteer, who teaches Guzmán the world’s crookedness.
Two friars, who hire animals from the muleteer.
A constable, who arrests and severely beats Guzmán, thinking he is a thieving page.
An innkeeper, who hires Guzmán and teaches him to cheat travelers.
A captain of soldiers
A captain of soldiers, with whom Guzmán plans to travel to Italy.
Don Beltrán (behl-TRAHN), Guzmán’s uncle in Genoa, who orders the servants to beat his nephew. The boy gets revenge...
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